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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rider Gameday: at Siena

Who: Rider (6-12, 2-5) at Siena (11-7, 4-3)

When: Thursday, 7 p.m., Times Union Center, Albany, New York

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider def. Iona, 79-75; Siena lost to Monmouth, 85-69

Series History: Siena has controlled the series, winning 27 of the 41 all-time meetings. Rider has only swept the season series once, in 2012-13.

Scouting Siena: The Saints have already equaled their win total from last season and are a perfect 7-0 at home where they average 82.4 points per game. However, they are coming off a 16-point loss at Monmouth on Monday and are 3-3 over the last six without injured guard Marquis Wright. Nico Clareth has stepped into the starting point guard role, averaging 14.3 points over the last four games. Brett Bisping, who missed the majority of last season with an injury, leads Siena in scoring at 15 points per game and is the league’s top rebounder at 8.5 per contest. Also keep an eye on Lavon Long (11.3 points). The 6-7 lefty is a tough cover, but has trouble staying on the floor because of fouls.

Scouting Rider: Following a 0-5 league start, the Broncs have won two straight, coming from behind in both games. Against Iona, they trailed by 16 in the first half before storming back in the second thank to a 16-4 run that gave them the lead for good. In Rider’s seven MAAC games, six have been decided by 10 points or less and five by five points or less. Expect another close tilt. Teddy Okereafor earned MACC Player of the Week for his efforts in both victories. The guard averaged 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists.


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